Leadership training pays off with the trip of a lifetime
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Years of dedication to team-building and leadership have paid dividends for a group of Colorado youngsters who will be visiting London next year to watch the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
The students, including three from Summit County, have been involved with SOS Outreach leadership programs for several years and have demonstrated excellent participation and leadership, according to trip coordinator Theresa Papandrea.
The Summit County students chosen are Jacob Patrick Brady, Mystic McFadden and Jack Cline.
“This trip will provide the highest level of leadership training to youth within our programs. Such an experience will further develop a group of young leaders within the community,” Papandrea said.
The opportunity to visit the Olympics developed through partnership between SOS Outreach and the Global Sports Development Playmakers program. Global Sports Development is an organization dedicated to helping youth learn through sports. The organization’s Playmakers program has been giving the next generation of youth leaders the opportunity to experience the Olympic Games since 2002. The trip will include sightseeing, meeting U.S. Olympic athletes, attending cultural events and of course, seeing the games.
The group met for the first time in Denver last month to talk about the trip, expectations and to meet other participants. This opportunity is made possible for SOS Outreach students by K2 Sports and its president, Robert Marcovitch.
“I know that SOS Outreach has terrific leadership, a balanced and organized staff, and knows the process of doing outreach. This partnership with Global Sports Development will give SOS kids a unique opportunity that I know they will grow and learn greatly from,” Marcovitch said. “It is a unique honor and privilege for K2 Sports to provide this level of cultural experience to one of the best youth development non-profits in the U.S.”